March 31

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 7:11-38; Psalm 107:1-43; Acts 28:17-31

Man shall not live by bread alone. Luke 4:4, KJV

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life…” John 6:35 Our forefathers lived without sugar until the 13th century,
without coal fires until the 14th, without potatoes until the 16th, without tea or coffee until the 17th, and without electricity until the 19th. Although mankind may live without such common commodities, we cannot afford to die without Christ who is the Bread of Life and the Living Water. —Arnot P. McIntee

Come, there’s bread in the house of Thy Father, and to spare,
Hear, O hear Him calling, calling now for thee;
Lo, the table is spread and the feast is waiting there,
Hear His loving voice calling still. —Charles H. Gabriel

Lord’s Day, March 31, 2019

Leviticus 7:11-38; Psalm 107:1-43; Acts 28:17-31

And they all forsook him, and fled. Mark 14:50
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

“Their family was at their side”. Many obituaries contain these words and it is wonderful to know that the dying person was comforted by having loved ones at their side as they approached death. When the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ suffered on that awful cross, no one was there to comfort Him. He was forsaken, even of God. He suffered for our sin all alone. What a wonderful Saviour we have. How we should worship and praise Him! —Mary Robins

Alone, alone, He bore it all alone:
He gave Himself to save His own,
He suffered, bled and died. Alone, alone. —Ben Price

March 30

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 6:8-7:10; Psalm 106:1-48; Acts 28:1-16

Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “See, my master has spared this Naaman the Syrian, in not accepting from his hand what he brought. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him.” 2 Kings 5:20 

Gehazi wanted the gifts which Elisha had refused. Greed had overtaken him and he sinned greatly in letting Naaman think he could pay for his healing. God’s gift of grace is free. No amount of money could ever pay for such a gift. We are all afflicted with the spiritual disease of sin. Healing and salvation come to us only as a free gift. Thank God. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). —Robert Gentile

Jesus, the just One, has died on the tree, Died for guilty sinners,
and salvation is free! —Author Unknown

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Leviticus 6:8-7:10; Psalm 106:1-48; Acts 28:1-16

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias… Luke 1:5, NKJV

The time was dreadful. A monster was on the throne, an Idumean, a murderer of his own sons, proud, cruel and horrible in every way. There was also a priest, a servant. This man was humble, virtuous, godly, faithful. Whoever is on the throne in our world, be they prime minister, president, pharaoh or prince, God also has His priests—men and women who faithfully carry out their privilege of worshipping Him joyfully, hopefully, prayerfully. In these times of turmoil, may the Lord find our hearts and our homes prepared, expectant, focused on the Coming One. —M. MacMullen

Just to know You more, has become my great reward;
To see Your kingdom come, and Your will be done. —M. Weaver

Friday, March 29, 2019

Leviticus 5:14-6:7; Psalm 105:1-45; Acts 27:27-44

He that hath the Son hath life. 1 John 5:12

The administrator of a large London mental hospital once told an eminent minister that half the inmates could be dismissed if they could fully grasp what it meant to be forgiven. In one instance when case histories of divinely changed lives was brought to the attention of reformers, their response was, “It’s too simple a solution”. But God still offers the simple life-changing message today, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31a). And thus we are forgiven! —E. Dyck

O the love that drew salvation’s plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span, At Calvary. —William R. Newell

March 29

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 5:14-6:7; Psalm 105:1-45; Acts 27:27-44

In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity. Proverbs 16:6

That purging of our sin took place two thousand years ago at Calvary. God’s mercy was demonstrated in its fullness. He could have justly condemned us to a lost eternity, yet He chose to demonstrate His love, mercy, and grace to sinful men. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6, KJV). Accept His cleansing today! —W. H. Gustafson

Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty—at Calvary.
—W. R. Newell

March 28

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 4:27-5:13; Psalm 104:1-35; Acts 27:1-26

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NKJV

Out of love, God provided salvation for sinful men before man ever fell. Out of love, God planned from eternity to give His Son. God’s love is eternal, unconditional, changeless. It reaches out to all persons regardless of their status or condition. In love, God offers freely eternal life and heaven to any sinner who will respond to Him. The saved soul loves Him because He first loved us. —Doug Kazen

The cross reveals thy love below; But better soon our hearts shall know,
When we behold Thy face above. The fullness of our Father’s love.
—C. A. Bernstein

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Leviticus 4:27-5:13; Psalm 104:1-35; Acts 27:1-26

When thou art in tribulation…if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice…he will not forsake thee… nor forget the covenant. Deuteronomy 4:30-31

In the player’s entrance at Centre Court at Wimbledon are inscribed two lines from a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled “If”. The words for players and all to read are “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same”. It is easy to live with Triumph in our lives, but it takes trust and belief in the Lord to give us the victory in Disaster, when things are not going the way we would wish. May you know His strength and gain the victory today. —Brian Powlesland

Though dark my path, and sad my lot, let me be still and murmur not,
Or breathe the prayer divinely taught, “Thy will be done.”—C. Elliott

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Leviticus 4:1-26; Psalm 103:1-22; Acts 26:19-32

But made himself of no reputation. Philippians 2:7 It was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. John 4:6-7

The Man of no reputation had to go through Samaria (John 4:4) to meet a woman of bad reputation. She came to the well at noonday so as to avoid the other women of her town. Jesus offered her living water and then she went to tell the townsfolk of whom she had met. Oh how her face must have shone, for they came immediately to hear His words. Then they believed Him too. May we have a similarly shining testimony. —Annette Baal

But this Man of no reputation,
Loved the weak with relentless affection;
And He loved all those poor in spirit just as they were;
He was a man of no reputation. —Rich Mullins

March 27

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 4:1-26; Psalm 103:1-22; Acts 26:19-32

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree. 1 Peter 2:24

Trees feature prominently in the Scriptures. In the midst of the Garden of Eden was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This tree became the symbol of man’s iniquity as he disobeyed God’s injunction not to eat of it. As a result, sin passed upon all men. Humanity had to perpetually bear this curse of sin. To redeem man, our Saviour came and was obedient unto death, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree to save us. Jesus Christ took your place on the tree. Do you believe it? —K. C. Ung

Would Jesus have the sinner die? Why hangs He then on yonder
tree? What means that strange expiring cry? Sinners, He prays
for you and me. —Charles Wesley